Which High Do You Prefer?

Do you prefer a company with high profitability, high revenue, high income, high dividends, high market share, high cash flow, etc. Aren’t all these highs depicting a good picture about any given company’s state of business? We can find an answer to this in the concept of value investing i.e. wide moat and under pricing. These are the two key ingredients for value investing. Here, the concept of wide moat and under pricing is in the context of its business environment or competition. It is a relative term. Similarly, when we think about any given company’s financial metric, we need to look at it in relative terms. High profitability or high income, or high EPS growth rate as a standalone does not provide a true picture.

We can get a true picture by looking for consistency. Two simple statistical measures of average and standard deviation can help us measure consistency. A standard deviation that is narrow and lower than average is a good observation. The table below shows some examples of randomly selected financial metric for few companies. continue reading rest of the article….

Sysco’s Adapting to New Realities – Will it Work?

Sysco, as we all know, is a food distribution company, with a major market share in hot food restaurant industry. In year 2008, it earned $1.1 billion on sales of $37 billion, a record in its history. Contrastingly, the first three quarters of this year seems to indicate that this will be down year of Sysco. This will be first down year for Sysco since its inception. Time will tell how the end market of Sysco evolves. At this point in time, I do not know whether it’s an inflection point for demand of its services, or peak of growth in restaurant industry, or it’s an indicator that North American restaurant industry will shrink. However, I am certain that Sysco is at a cross road.

I am long term dividend growth investor in Sysco. Therefore, I need to review to ensure that company is (and will be) capable of paying me growing dividends. continue reading rest of the article….

Good Performers in My Dividend Portfolio

It has been close to three years since I started dividend focused investing. If I look at this from a 30year+ investing cycle for individuals, then these three years may look like nothing. However, the continued anxiety and slide in ones portfolio value will turn our hair gray. I am learning that there will be winners and losers in our investment portfolios. All we have to do is minimize the losers.

Sysco Corporation (SYY): SYY was one of the most non-glamorous stocks when I had initiated my position. My current dividend yield on cost is 5.35%. As of March 2009, my total return has been 13.1% including dividends.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): I had waited for close to one year to initiate a starter position in this company. It was worth a wait, and as the saying goes, every company will come down at some point in time. Its price has again come down and I am tempted to add some more, even though it has reached by allocation level. My current dividend yield-on-cost is 3.4%. As of March 2009, my total return has been 6% including dividends.

Consolidated Edison (ED): My objective was to just get a utility stock in my portfolio, and hence this was a no brainer purchase. I bought it during the market boom when slow growers like utility stocks were out of favor. I had read a lot about utility stock being less volatile and slow grower, well this was a real example for me. My current dividend yield-on-cost is 6.9%. As of March 2009, my total return has been 12.9% including dividends. continue reading rest of the article….

SYY: Stock Analysis for Dividend Growth Portfolio

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily for food service industry. It distributes frozen foods, non-food items, restaurant equipment and cleaning supplies. It serves restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, and hotels and motels.

Trend Analysis

This section measures the trends for past 10 years of corporation’s revenue and profitability. The parameters should show consistent growth trends. The worksheet is at SYY stock analysis. continue reading rest of the article….

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